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    Solve illegal immigration to North Carolina: let people come legally

    Fox News Latino, a site with over two million unique visitors each month, yesterday published a commentary from me on how to address the decades-long feud over illegal immigration. If you follow this blog, you’ll know I write on immigration plenty, towards a common ground resolution of a…
    Fergus Hodgson, February 7, 2012
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    Republicanos dicen que… No odian a los hispanos

    ¡El periodico, Horizonte, gracias por publicar nuestro evento!
    Fergus Hodgson, February 2, 2012
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    Ten years on and still growing: the Free State Project of New Hampshire

    The Free State Project—the planned migration of libertarians to New Hampshire—is now ten years old. While it has yet to gain 20,000 members as planned, 1,000 individuals have already moved to the live-free-or-die state, and the movement is clocking up numerous achievements. Rapidly, New Hampshire has become a…
    Fergus Hodgson, February 1, 2012
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    ¿El Partido Republicano por los hispanos?

    La perspectiva de Victor Manuel Guzman, el presidente de la Asamblea Nacional Hispana Republicana en Carolina del Norte (1 minuto, mp3): [audio:http://lockerroom.johnlocke.org/app/uploads/2012/01/GOP.mp3|titles=GOP] Marlynn Burns, una miembro de la comisión de la Asamblea Nacional Hispana Republicana, y Victor Guzman, el presidente de la RNHA en Carolina del Norte. En…
    Fergus Hodgson, January 30, 2012
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    Candidates face close scrutiny at constitutional forum. Next one in three weeks.

    On Saturday, I had the pleasure of attending the first Constitutional Candidate Forum here in Raleigh. It is one of a series cosponsored by Founders Truth, the Frederick Douglas Foundation, and the Constitutionalist Gathering Place. Bill Lumaye of News Radio 680 WPTF moderated. Don Watson, the organizer along with Greg Brannon…
    Fergus Hodgson, January 30, 2012
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    Más allá de la ley Dream Act

    ¡El periodico, La Conexión, gracias otra vez por publicar mi articulo! Una batalla para ganar corazones y mentes, luego la ley Todos hemos escuchado acerca de la ley Dream Act, como el centro de los defensores de la reforma a la política migratoria. Durante más de diez años, diversas han sido las formas en las que se ha luchado por esta ley con la cual se ofrecería una vía para obtener la cuidadanía para algunos inmigrantes indocumentados. Sin embargo, contrario a conseguirse su promulgación, ésta no ha tenido éxito en repetidas ocasiones; y lo que es peor, el debate legislativo se ha paralizado con hostilidad entre opositores y defensores y se ha endurecido la posición de ambos lados.
    Fergus Hodgson, January 25, 2012
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    For safety’s sake, take down red-light cameras

    A new police report from Kansas City has found red-light cameras to coincide with more accidents, not fewer. From the Kansas City Star: [T]he analysis of more than 2,500 wrecks in the two years after the cameras appeared shows that injury wrecks, rear-end wrecks and overall…
    Fergus Hodgson, January 25, 2012
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    Yes, the long-run has arrived: annual interest on national debt pushing half a trillion dollars

    Yesterday the Heritage Foundation announced the milestone of 1,000 days without a federal budget. Along with a video, reposted below, the writer Mike Brownfield noted more than $200 billion in annual interest payments. If only. Robert Thorpe, author of Reclaim Liberty: 3-Step Plan for Restoring our Constitutional Government, has written an open letter correcting the number. He acknowledges that it is somewhat true; it is more than $200 billion per year. In fact, according to the U.S. Treasury Department, in 2011 it was closer to $454.4 billion. Please see: http://www.treasurydirect.gov/govt/reports/ir/ir_expense.htm... In that the true amount is almost double of what Heritage reported, and is actually approaching one-half of a trillion dollars annually, it is very important, and would be truly sobering for our citizens, if Heritage set the record straight and publically revised its statement: It bears repeating again. 2011 National Debt Interest Paid: $454,393,280,417.03. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=QG0stsk3Ljs Thorpe is a proponent of a state-led, Article V amendments convention for some form of balanced budget amendment, as am I. Of course, one would still have to decide what needs to be done to close the fiscal deficit at the federal level, but it would impose some accountability towards that outcome. I encourage people to read this commentary from him on the matter: The States Must Lead Our Nation Back from the Brink By Robert J. Thorpe Irresponsible and Unpatriotic On July 3, 2008 candidate Obama said that it was “irresponsible” and “unpatriotic" that President George W. Bush had added $4 Trillion of new debt in 96 months to our nation… and I agree. But then, President Obama went on to add that same amount of additional new debt ($4 Trillion) in one third the amount of time… in only 31 months. Thanks to the Tea Parties and other concerned pro-Constitutional groups, we had a revolution of landslide victories in November 2010, electing scores of very fine, fiscally conservative people in local, state and national elections. Unfortunately, their attempts at slowing Washington borrowing, spending and growth has been minimal at best, and perhaps even disastrous in light of our high unemployment, dismal economy and mounting national debts. Gallup and other polls report that 70% of the American people want some type of balance budget amendment (BBA) or borrowing / spending restrictions placed upon the federal government, similar to the fiscal requirements that 49 of our 50 states operate under. But during the past forty plus years, congress has refused to pass any meaningful financial restrictions upon itself. Congress is unwilling to give up their unlimited power to borrow and spend… an important authority that Washington insiders use freely for staying in political office for life. It is politically much easier to quietly borrow money, that future generations will have to pay back, then it is to raise taxes. Washington can no more be expected to change and restrain itself, than an addict can be expected to cure their own addictions. We need to turn to our Constitution, and to the words of our Founders, to instruct us in truly changing “business as usual” within Washington:
    Fergus Hodgson, January 25, 2012